The Red Wings released the rosters for their annual development camp today and, as per usual, there are some interesting jersey numbers in the set.
This is where I have to note that summer jersey numbers (specifically development camp and the prospects tournament) don’t usually mean much, but sometimes they’re a sign of number changes or
Of this year’s draft picks, Filip Zadina gets #11 and Joe Veleno gets #90, their usual numbers. Ben Street had been assigned #11 last season but never wore it and David Pope had worn it in development camp but is now assigned #45. Veleno’s #90 was worn in development camp last season by Keith Petruzelli, who is now assigned #80.
Jonatan Berggren has been assigned the #15 that used to belong to Riley Sheahan. Speaking of players traded away last season, Dennis Cholowski will be wearing the #21 of Tomas Tatar after having previously worn #95, #2, and #53. Meanwhile, free agent signee Patrik Rybar will wear the #34 formerly worn by Petr Mrazek.
Ryan O’Reilly is the only remaining 2018 draftee to be assigned a “normal” jersey number, with his usual #71 flipped to the #17 of David Booth. I still expect Tyler Bertuzzi to take that number once the main camp rolls around.
Jared McIsaac, Alec Regula, and Seth Barton – Detroit’s trio of blueline draftees from last weekend – have been assigned #63, #94, and #95, respectively. Jordan Sambrook wore both #63 and #95 last summer but will not be at this camp while Kaspar Kotkansalo had worn #94. Kotkansalo will wear the #53 vacated by Cholowski.
The two goalies the Red Wings picked on Saturday – Jesper Eliasson and Victor Brattstrom – will wear #31 and #68, respectively. The Wings regularly switch their prospect goalie jersey numbers up, as seen by now-departed Matej Machovsky wearing both of those numbers at different points last summer.
Mattias Elfstrom, a 2016 draft pick, switches from #56 to #37. Jack Adams switches from #74 to #70, with Cole Fraser taking #74 after previously wearing the #85 now assigned to free agent tryout Luke Morgan.
Defenseman Malte Setkov goes from #86 to #79, with Alfons Malmstrom taking the #86, having lost his #4 to Dylan McIlrath. Meanwhile Patrick Holway completes a swap with Filip Hronek – Hronek took Holway’s #24 last summer with Holway taking the #87 Hronek switched from this summer.
Rounding things out are the goalies, which (as I mentioned) are always somewhat chaotic. After wearing #36 in development camp last summer and #68 in main camp, Kaden Fulcher will wear #60 this time around, with Filip Larsson (who’d previously worn #68) taking #36. Joren van Pottelberg is the only goalie keeping his previous number, as he wore Tom McCollum‘s #38 in development camp last year.
The full roster is as follows:
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